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Flu Impact: It's the Time of the Year

By Esco Healthcare 6 January, 2019

Influenza or Flu is a highly contagious respiratory viral infection caused by type A or B influenza viruses. People tend to mistakenly compare flu with common colds, but influenza causes serious complications that can sometimes lead to death.

Every flu season is different and affects people differently. The infection spreads in the lungs, the throat, and the nose. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people worldwide get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalizes, and thousands of people die from flu-related causes annually.

How it spreads

Flu can spread from person to person 24 hours before symptoms starts until a week after the onset of symptoms

  • By saliva

  • By touching a contaminated surface

    • Hands
    • Remote controls
    • Phones
    • Keyboards
    • Door handles
  • By airborne respiratory droplets

    • Dry cough
    • Sneezing


Being vaccinated provides protection against flu, builds immunity to the virus, and prevents viral transmission. Immunization is especially recommended for:

  • Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age
  • Pregnant women during any trimester
  • 65 years of age and older
  • Indigenous people aged 15 years old and over
  • Immunocompromised patients
  • Healthcare providers or people who provide essential community service

Keep in mind that vaccination is required to be done annually, as immunity decreases over time. Virus strains also change yearly which change available commercially-made vaccines to support the strain.

Vaccines available commercially does not contain live flu viruses and cannot cause the disease. These vaccines work through developing antibodies in the body, two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection and immunity against the virus.

It's the time of the year! get vaccinated through your personal doctor, local immunization provider, and community pharmacies that offers immunization against flu for adults.


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  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease (NCIRD) (2018, September 6). Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine. Retrieved from
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